One Plus Two House
Primary Projects + Croft



A passive house in rural Maine made of straw

It’s a good fit when a client says any of the following:
  • “We want something really sustainable.”
  • “We don’t want a house that’s too large.”
  • “We want it to sit gently on the land.”
  • “We like modern but cozy.”

In this case, the client said it all on our first call. We told them it felt like, “Dream Client Bingo.”





The roof of the lower portion projects to create a sheltered entry and screened-in porch






The family of simple gable forms helps break down the scale of the house and anchor it to the sloped site








Ground Floor Plan
From left:
  • Screened-In Porch
  • Deck
  • Living Room: With dining, kitchen, and large sliding doors to patio
  • Pantry
  • Stair to second floor
  • Laundry & Utility Room
  • Bathroom
  • Guest Bedrooms





The bookcase provides storage for chopped logs as well as: a place to put the TV, additional seating, and a spot for books







The Southeast corner of the house provides expansive views to the pond





From left: entry, stair to mezzanine, hall to the guest bedrooms, kitchen & pantry





As the sun sets, light trickles in the openings at the entry, stair & skylight over the living room






A screened-in porch is a critical part of enjoying summertime in the Northeast (unless you love bugs!)







Second Floor Plan
From left:
  • Stair to first floor
  • Mezzanine: With banquette seat, storage, & sitting area
  • Primary Bathroom
  • Primary Bedroom: With walk-in closet and private deck






Coziness alert! The second floor overlooks the first, but we designed a screened railing, a seating nook, and a storage wall to give it its own character.






The primary bedroom has its own deck with views to the pond






The shed is perfect for storage, repairs, & gardening




The shed is like a mini version of the house.





The shed’s interior prioritizes durability




Client

Private

Timeline

2022-

Status

Ongoing

Location

Warren, Maine

Services

Architecture
Interior Design

Credits

Croft, Collaborator & Straw Panel Provider